A Kenai jury found Adam Israel guilty of second-degree murder Friday after nearly 10 hours of deliberation. The verdict followed an eight-day trial, in which attorneys tried to use evidence to explain what might have been going through Adam's head on Jan. 29, 2005 when he used a kitchen knife to stab his mother, 43-year-old Dorothy Israel, and then called 911 for an ambulance to their Soldotna residence at 167 Little Ave. Adam could face a sentence of anywhere from 10-99 years and is scheduled to return to the Kenai courthouse for his sentencing hearing in March.
In closing arguments on Thursday, District Attorney, June Stein, asked jurors to convict Adam of first-degree murder. On Friday, Stein said she was not surprised by the jury's verdict, but that she would have been had they instead found him guilty of the lesser charges of manslaughter or negligent homicide, the two charges public defender, Marvin Hamilton, had asked the jury to consider over first- and second-degree murder. "I never thought it would it would be manslaughter," she said.
During the trial Stein and Hamilton disputed over whether Adam had intentionally killed his mother.
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